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THAROOR's "Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writers
York May 29, 2005: The Indo-American Arts Council Inc
(IAAC) and the Rubin Museum of Art celebrate the launch of
Shashi Tharoor's "Bookless in Baghdad",
published by Arcade Publishing, on June 28th from 6:30-8:30
pm at 150West 17th Street, NYC. Shashi Tharoor will
read from his book at 7 pm on June 28th, 2005 after which
he will sign books. Books will be available for sale at the
RMA bookstore during the cocktail party.
Shashi Tharoor has been a friend and supporter
of the IAAC since its inception. He is a member of the IAAC
Board of Advisors and will be honoured by the Indo-American
Arts Council at their Annual Gala Benefit in November 2005
(Opening Night of the Fourth Annual IAAC Film Festival held
at the Lincoln Center, NYC). During the communal riots of
2002, the IAAC dramatized and presented Shashi Tharoor's "Riot"
as a Staged Reading at the New School in an effort to encourage
a dialogue between the polarized Hindu and Muslim communities.
Mr. Tharoor has spoken at and moderated myriad discussions
at various IAAC events since 1998.
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Bookless in Baghdad: Reflections on Writing and Writers:
"Deft prose . . . a masterful analysis of culture
and literature." -The Hindu
Shashi Tharoor, the acclaimed author of six works of fiction
and nonfiction, is once again at his provocative best. Supremely
personal, and always probing, this brilliant collection is
part memoir, part essay and literary criticism. In the title
piece, a timely tribute to the distressing state of affairs
in Iraq, we learn what Iraqis go through in their beleaguered
land merely to get hold of a book. Also among these wonderful
gems is a poignant homage to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, whose
home was raided by the oppressive military regime while he
lay on his deathbed, and who famously proclaimed: "There
is only one thing of danger for you here-my poetry!"
Tharoor's erudite views on Salman Rushdie, India's love for
P. G.Wodehouse, Kipling, Pushkin, le Carré, V. S. Naipaul,
and Winston Churchill make for fascinating reading, and his
insightful takes on Hollywood and Bollywood will intrigue
even the most demanding cinephile. Together, these forty pieces
reveal the inner workings of a truly astute mind and form
a lovely testament to the power of literature to enrich and
transform our lives.
SHASHI THAROOR is the author of The Great Indian
Novel, Show Business: A Novel, Riot: A Novel, India: From
Midnight to the Millennium, and Nehru: The Invention of India.
Born in London and educated in India and the United States,
Mr. Tharoor is undersecretary general for communications and
public information at the United Nations. He lives in New
Also available from Arcade Publishing:
Nehru: The Invention of India "If readers could choose
only one narrative about Nehru, this would suffice."
An incisive new biography of the great secularist who-alongside
his spiritual father, Mahatma Gandhi-led the movement for
India's independence from British rule and ushered his newly
independent country into the modern world. In this fascinating
biography, Tharoor casts an unflinching eye on Nehru's heroic
efforts for and stewardship of independent India and gives
us a careful appraisal of his legacy to the world.
A Novel"Riot is simply brilliant." -Washington Times
powerful novel-set in and around a riot in India in 1989-about
love, hate, cultural collision, religious fanaticism, the ownership
of history, and the impossibility of knowing the truth. Experimenting
masterfully with narrative form, Tharoor chronicles the mystery
of a young woman's death through the often contradictory accounts
of a dozen or more characters, all of whom relate their own
versions of the events surrounding her killing.
Business: A Novel"Exuberant and clever . . . both affectionately
and fiercely done."-New York Times Book Review
rollicking novel about the razzle-dazzle of the Hindi film industry,
know as Bollywood. With irrepressible charm and a genius for
satire, Tharoor portrays the film world, with all its Hollywoodesque
glitz and glamour, egos and double standards, as a metaphor
for modern society. On-screen fiction and offscreen reality
intertwine seamlessly to weave a tapestry of power and privilege,
seduction and betrayal, politics and intrigue, that is at once
colorful, entertaining, and deadly serious.
Great Indian Novel"A rich complex work of imaginative flight
and scholarly depth, it combines historical fact with daily
marvels." -Louise Erdrich
this award-winning novel, Tharoor has masterfully recast the
two-thousand-year-old epic, the Mahabharata, with fictional
but highly recognizable events and characters from twentieth-century
Indian politics. His novel is a dazzling tapestry of prose and
verse that satirically, but also poignantly, chronicles the
struggle for Indian freedom and independence.
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to producing, promoting, showcasing and building an awareness
of Indian artistic disciplines (performing arts, visual arts,
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ARCADE PUBLISHING, founded in 1988, is an independent
publisher of literary fiction and quality nonfiction in areas
including biography and memoir, history and current events,
the arts, popular science, sports, adventure, and travel. Arcade
has published almost three hundred authors of over six hundred
titles from thirty-three different countries. We are committed
to publishing quality to the best of our ability, to range far
afield geographically, to embrace controversy if the message
conveyed strikes us as important, and to give our full and personal
attention to each work we take on, to the best of our collective